We now begin the final leg of this week’s workshops.
We leave the Janakpur area and head further East.
We travel over 100 KM to each of the venues. After four days, I am beginning to be very comfortable on the back of a bike.
There are many sights to see along the way. What we most often see is the children going to school. They are up very early in the morning. I think these students walk many KM’s to reach their schools.
10/24 Monday, we arrived in the Sagarmatha zone, Udaypur district in the city of Katari. Here we settled in to a guest house where the Katari church held their meeting. The Pastor of this church is Santosh Joshi. They have been building their new church building and we could not meet there. We had a short rest in our rooms. The use of colors we would never imagine to use is prevalent.
Walking out onto the porch I took a picture of the center of the city. Life is usually centered around the markets within this area.
So today, we just walked upstairs and held our workshop. Like the other workshops we lay the foundation of
family and the importance of raising children. We began to let our Nepalese counterparts do the workshops. They are a talented group and are fully capable to lead such workshops. This is the goal of Steve and I, give them methods whereby they propagate the ministry on their own.
After the introductions, we began to lead them through the material. We always end with them leading it themselves. Again, the goal, to let them know they are fully able to do this ministry one their own.
In the final minutes, we encourage their commitment to the mentoring ministry and establish ongoing mentoring groups. These could be one-on-one or small groups.
Always we take a group picture of the participants. A total of 43 Pastors and leaders representing 8 churches were present.
After the meeting, we went to Santosh’s house for a meal. It was a humbling experience. We take for granted what we have. They are happy just to have a roof over their head. He has this church and four sister churches. He knows the importance of this ministry in the lives of his church members, and we plan on taking this same ministry with him North in the future.
The next morning 10/25 Tuesday, we stayed in the Sagarmatha, Udaypur district and traveled to the city of Gaighat. The Pastor there was Pastor Siddhi P.Chaudhary of Living Word Church.
Like the day before, we stayed in a Guest House where the workshop was help.
The setup of the meeting room was quite different than other places. The process was the same. Introduction, engage and seek a commitment. Again, we utilized our partners and let them lead the workshop.
Today, I utilized a man, who walked over two hours to attend the workshop, to be our disciple example. His English was exceptional, a gift from God.
By this time the team began to step up and lead. Really, by this time, Steve and I were just foreigners in a foreign land. Mahesh and his team were doing the workshops. Pictured here is Suiren. In addition to leading, he sang some special songs.
We got their commitment and took a group picture.
Afterwards we had a meal and met to review our process.
The next morning, we headed to the last stop in the East.
10/26 Wednesday, we stayed in the Sagarmatha zone and move to a new district, Saptari. Within the district we arrived in the city of Kalyanpur.
This was a rural church located on the top of a partially built house.
The church where the workshop was held was the Kalyanpur Church. The Pastor was Shiv N.Chaudhary. His church is on top of his house.
Today, the team did all the teaching. Steve and I sat back and watched them engage. Mahesh did the translation and started the How to process.
Santosh taught the first day.
Amritat followed up with Day 2 and Suiren finished with Day 3. This team is prepared to take this ministry without the help of foreigners. Actually, they were the tool God used in all of these workshops.
We finished the day with a group picture and returned to our Guest House. We had 37 Pastors and leaders representing 9 churches. Praise the Lord.
The next day Thursday 10/27, Steve and I returned to Janakpur for a flight back to Kathmandu. The remaining team returned by motor cycle to Hetuada, Suiren’s home, where over the next few days made their way back to Kathmandu.
Also, in this picture, you can see Bikau, the Pastor from Janakpur and his friend. We met at a cross road and they finished our trip back to Janakpur.
Bikau and his friend dropped us off at the airport for a flight on BUDDA AIRLINES.
We made our way back to Kathmandu.
I can begin to tell you of the great time of fellowship we had together. This was an opportunity God gave us. May he get ALL of the Glory, and that the fruit of this adventure remain. Pray for this Eastern trip, come and experience it for yourselves.